Day 1: Buenos Aires
Upon arrival in this elegant city you will be met and chauffeured to your hotel. The elegance of Europe and the spirit of South America live side by side in Buenos Aires. With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, the city is reminiscent of Paris or Barcelona. Today, take a walk through neighborhoods like Recoleta and Belgrano, try visiting a café terrace, and stroll around some of the parks and plazas. At night you’ll be met at your hotel for a night of tango complemented by an exquisite dinner at one of the many famous tango houses.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
After breakfast, you’ll go on a three and a half hour sightseeing tour in this bustling city. Departing from the Hotel to get to 9 de Julio Ave. the widest in the world, past the famous Colon Opera house, the Obelisk commemorating the first founding of the city in 1536 to get to Plaza de Mayo (May Square), and the buildings surrounding it: Government House, Metropolitan Cathedral with the Mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina's greatest national hero and the Cabildo, the Colonia town hall built in 1751. The tour continues to La Boca, and the brightly painted houses of 'Caminito' street. The tour continues to Buenos Aires port area, past San Martin Square towards Palermo Chico residential district and Palermo Park with its jacaranda and palo borracho trees which flower in the spring and late summer. The ride continues to the elegant district of Recoleta. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Pampas
Day 3: Pampas
We visit the traditional “gaucho” town of San Antonio de Areco, 123 km from Buenos Aires in the Pampas, learning about the Gaucho´s history and traditions. We would visit a famous silversmith workshop, whose work is sought after by kings and collectors worldwide, to see the “behind the scenes” life of a precious gift and know-how still passed from father to sons. We meet the artist most of the times. We then continue to a private estancia, where we savor a typical Argentine barbecue of fine beef and wines, and relax in the soothing views of the endless plains… A wonderful way to see and enjoy the countryside immersed in an ambience of nature, history, and tradition, activities include horseback riding and riding a “sulky” or chariot.
Note: This is not a “touristy show” but simply a wonderful day away from the city to experience Estancia Life at its best.
Day 4: Buenos Aires
On your last day at this amazing city, try to emerge yourself in the cosmopolitan spirit of Buenos Aires. Rapidly recovering from the economic collapse of 2002, Porteños live well: their hunger for fashion fed by abundant designer boutiques, and their desire to pose in cool places spawning an overwhelming array of chic bars and superb restaurants.
Day 5: Florianopolis
Today, on to one of the top resorts in the world. Ponta dos Ganchos Resort is located on a privately-owned peninsula that juts out from the southern Brazilian coast between picturesque fishing villages, making it one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil. Florianopolis is only a single hop from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires and this romantic hideaway makes dreams a reality: 20 sophisticated and charming bungalows in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of color and light. This privileged location guarantees our guests total privacy, while the luxurious bungalows provide them with the rest and comfort they deserve. The Relais & Chateaux seal is a testament to their impeccable facilities, the exquisite flavors of their cuisine and the quality of their services.
Day 6: Florianopolis
In a bay with calm, emerald green waters lies a very special peninsula, a place isolated from everything, surrounded by nature on all sides, with a small, beautiful beach, perfect for resting in the sun during the day. As the afternoon fades, a unique sunset over the bay of Ganchos is an invitation to celebrate the perfect day. In the evening, a special private Dinner on the Island in front of the resort, where everything has been thought of with the comfort of two people in mind.
Days 7-9: Florianopolis
Reduce the pace to be able to feel life. A sea breeze, the touch of the wind, the smell of the forest, sand underfoot, the freshness of rain and the sea, coming and going. Ponta dos Ganchos offers a range of activities that allow our guests greater contact with the local culture and with nature. Activities whose charm lies in your intrinsic simplicity, in touching, smelling and feeling. The activities listed here do not involve any extra cost and can be arranged at any point during your stay: Fishing from the beach or island . Tennis . Walking . Cinema . Fitness Centre . Kayaks . Snorkeling . Sailing . Heated Indoor Swimming Pool . Game Room
Day 10: Departure from Florianopolis
Breakfast and a last leisurely morning. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your return flight.